Michel Johnson is pictured here fishing at Fawcett Park during the last Christmas holidays. Now the park will host the North Coast Fishing Bonanza.
Michel Johnson is pictured here fishing at Fawcett Park during the last Christmas holidays. Now the park will host the North Coast Fishing Bonanza. Doug Eaton

Getting set for Fishing Bonanza at Ballina

LOCAL fishing action steps up a gear when the fourth annual North Coast Fishing Bonanza is held, from Wednesday to Sunday, at the new venue of Fawcett Park, behind the Ballina CBD.

The Ballina Boat and Leisure Show will be held in conjunction on the Saturday and Sunday.

Gamakatsu and Evinrude remain the event's major sponsors.

Together with other strong sponsorship, including from Lowrance, Atomic, Samurai, Engel, Hobie and Penn, this will mean that almost anyone who enters will walk away with some great goodies.

This is a catch, photograph and release competition starting at 8pm on Wednesday, after the 7pm briefing, and ending at 2pm on the Sunday.

All photos must be of live fish on a brag mat/ruler with the daily token prominently displayed.

Catch prizes are based on length, not weight, so no fish is to be brought back to the venue unless it is to be released unharmed into the tank with organisers' approval. Juniors, however, will be able to weigh live fish and release them into the big display tank.

Boundaries are the Tweed River to the Clarence, including offshore, and all tributaries and public impoundments.

Entry is cheaper this year, with adults $120, cadets aged 13 to 16 $50 and juniors $15.

Every entrant will go in the draw to win one of two awesome TABS boats, Evinrude motors and trailers. The adult draw is for a TABS 4.3 Cruizer with 50hp E-Tec, while the cadet draw is for a tiller-steer TABS 3.9 punt with 25hp E-Tec.

There also will be numerous random draws over the course of the comp.

Entry can be made any time until 30 minutes before the final draw on the Sunday at 2pm.

The fishing tank display will also be popular, with Michael Starkey and Jay Morgan from Ballina company Frogleys Offshore conducting hourly talks and tip sessions on Saturday and Sunday and giving away neat prizes.

New angel rings approved

Fifteen new Angel Rings have now been approved for the Far North Coast from Iluka to Byron Bay after a sea of red tape was finally slashed recently.

Australian National Sportfishing Association volunteers who have been guiding this project for the past decade needed the lobbying power of the Recreational Fishing Trust, Crown Lands and the Shooters and Fishers Party to cut through layers of stupid bureaucracy to get these life-saving rings.

The Recreational Fishers Alliance reports that on July 20, as a mission took place to successfully rescue a rock fisher gripping an Angel Ring near Currarong, on the South Coast, ANSA executive members were glued to computers tracking an Angel Ring that had gone missing from Munmorah, on the Central Coast.

That ring ended up at a Central Coast house and police have charged the occupant.

ANSA NSW has recently applied to increase the number of trackable Angel Rings in NSW.



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